Dec. 4, 2013

President's note: Welcome the new 'Sidelines' newsletter
Angela Cavanna, DO, FAOASM
I would like to welcome you to our first edition of our online Academy newsletter, "Sidelines." We have partnered with the Multibriefs Corporation to provide you an electronic newsletter every two weeks. As you can see, the newsletter will be focusing on topics and trends in sports medicine that have been featured in news articles across the country. We hope that you find these stories interesting and informative and easy to access. We have included two sections exclusively for journal articles and we will strive to keep you posted on breaking news relevant to our Academy.

It is my sincere hope that you, the members, will share some of your stories or pearls of practice with your colleagues. Please send us any stories that you would like us to feature in our newsletter and we will be happy to include it in our "members spot light" section.


March 19 at AOASM 2014: NCAA Football and Sports Medicine
Join on March 19 at 8:45 a.m. for the session: NCAA Football and Sports Medicine. Dr. Xy will be presented information on working with college football programs on the prevention and treatment of common injuries. The session will be in Exhibit Room A.

For a complete schedule of conference event, click here.

Fellow Feature: AOASM at the New York City Marathon
Becca R. Rodriguez D.O.
Runners, on your mark, get set, go!

The 43rd annual ING New York City Marathon started strong and was medically prepared after its cancellation last year in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. The race paid tribute to the victims and heroes of Sandy, and to those affected by April's Boston Marathon bombings.

The marathon's return to the cold weather streets was staffed by well-trained sports medicine physicians and fellows like Dr. Moha Ahuja from Overlook Medical Center in New Jersey.

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Bicycle helmets: Don't say something by not saying something
Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine
Author, Murray E. Maitland, Ph.D., writes, "Bicycle helmets work. I've tested them. Sometimes, the most innocent ride can result in a crash, and the consequences can range from something relatively harmless to emergency room quality. As an example, our small group of 4 cyclists rode through a residential area when a dog ran out of a yard and into our group. The dog hit my front wheel causing me to be flung over my handlebars. The front of my helmet took the entire brunt of 70 kg traveling 30 kph. My first response was hoping that nobody would ask me to count backwards by sevens, since I normally don't do very well. The crash was no big deal this time."More

Injuries in judo: A systematic literature review including suggestions
for prevention

British Journal of Sports Medicine
Judo is a martial art and an Olympic sport comprising standing and ground fighting. It entered the Olympic program for men in 1964 as a demonstration sport and officially in 1972 for men and in 1992 for women. Nowadays, judo ranks among the most popular Asian martial arts in the world. Considering such a high participation rate in a combat sport and the suggested relatively high injury risk, the safety of practitioners is of the highest priority. Therefore, research on judo injuries would be essential in identifying risk factors and suggesting potentially preventive strategies. More

New injectable therapy could help treat rotator cuff injuries
For a baseball pitcher, a rotator cuff injury often means an extended stay on the disabled list for surgery and rehabilitation of the damaged tendons. But a new technology under development may stop this shoulder injury from becoming so severe that surgery is required.More

Tentative molecular link between head injury and Alzheimer's
Medical News Today
Using a powerful laser imaging technique, a study led by the University of Cambridge in the U.K. shows how tiny pieces of a protein linked with Alzheimer's disease could be the start of a process that leads to the onset and spread of the disease. The researchers also cautiously suggest the finding offers a plausible explanation as to why head injuries are linked to Alzheimer's. More

Preventive OMT, stress fracture incidence among collegiate cross-country athletes
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association
Stress fractures are common among athletes, particularly distance runners, with many theories regarding the etiologic process of stress fractures and various studies identifying risk factors or suggesting preventive techniques. To our knowledge, no previous studies have discussed the possible causative effects of somatic dysfunction or the preventive capabilities of osteopathic manipulative treatment. (This is an abstract. To view full article, you will need to log in.) More

NFL, NHL concussion cases are not the same
The New York Times
Three months after the NFL agreed on a $765 million settlement with thousands of ex-players for concussion-related health problems, a group of their NHL peers is going to court, too. Hockey has proven to be an equally dangerous sport as football, but that doesn't mean the link between collisions on the ice and post-career trouble will lead to a similar outcome. The legal and cultural surroundings of the NFL and NHL concussion lawsuits are more distinct than alike. Start with the nature of the players themselves. More

Women may have harder concussion recovery than men
Reuters Health via National Institutes of Health
After a concussion, women tend to have worse symptoms than men. That's the case even when athletes were injured playing the same sport, according to a new study of young soccer players. Some recent studies have found gender differences in memory and other symptoms after concussions, with women generally doing worse.More